One of my missions in writing about food is to encourage more people to cook for their friends and families. Many, many people tell me, “I want to cook healthy affordable meals for my family, but I’m just so busy.” So, I did a post on staple meals, since staple meals, the ones you return to on a weekly basis, are defined by ease, speed, goodness of flavor, and economy. (Another of ours is tomato basil pasta—see the iPhone video of a cool tomato water technique.) The first thing you need to do to make it easy for your busy schedule is to plan! Have a plan. The above is one of our summer favorites, the same staple meal I posted about before, only on the grill. Especially great on hot nights when you don’t want Read On »

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Alton Brown’s voice was hoarse from three performances at Cleveland’s Fabulous Food Show Saturday and from shouting in conversation to fans in the noisy I-X center. But the white Burgundy and clams with foie gras at Greenhouse Tavern that night were going a long way in soothing the chords and the soul. “I always say, cooking isn’t hard,” he said. “Being organized is what’s hard.”  I’d been planning to write on this very subject and was glad the conversation had turned this way over dinner.  “Cooking is easy, cooking is relaxing,” he went on.  “It’s the not-being-organized that’s so stressful for people.” If only more people would realize this!  And then act on it!  This first struck me when my friend Russ Parsons disagreed that it was easy to roast a chicken during the week, Read On »

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